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LA TIENDA'S OWNERS REFLECT ON THE FASCINATING CULTURE & CUISINE OF SPAIN

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El Mercado - Spain's Amazing Food Markets

This is a reprint of one of Don's favorite articles. We will be back next month with a new article.

One of my most satisfying everyday experiences in Spain is to visit the many local food markets, where I marvel at the fresh produce and chat with knowledgeable vendors. The local markets come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, from a little group of stands in a small village to the...

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The Land of 400 Cheeses

PRODUCT STORIES

The Land of 400 Cheeses

It seems that every valley and village in Spain has its own special cheese.

From the sunny Balearic Island of Menorca comes Mahón, a wonderfully creamy combination of cream from three distinct strains of cows. The rounded orange-rinded cheese is reminiscent of Dutch Gouda or Edam. On the northwest coast, milk from the cows of Celtic Galicia are made into traditional...

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REGIONS OF SPAIN

Asturias

We always look forward to visiting Asturias, a magnificent area where the crashing sea, sheer mountains and green pastures abound. To the north are the Bay of Biscay and the Cantabrian Sea. To the south are the amazing Picos de Europa. Its dramatic sheer cliffs have protected the area from invasions from the south, and its geographic isolation has protected the area from foreign intruders.

The...

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Essential Spain: Off the Beaten Track

ITINERARIES

Essential Spain: Off the Beaten Track

This is an itinerary I designed for a couple who wanted to get immersed in the heart of Spain while avoiding the usual tourist destinations. This was a little over two weeks, which I think is the minimum to do Spain justice. Even with that, we only concentrated on perhaps one third of the country, always bear in mind that there are 17 autonomous regions with their own distinct styles and sometimes...

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